Ashish Ranjan Thakur, aka AR
Ashish Ranjan Thakur, aka AR, is a music composer and the vocalist of the band “Bombay Bairag”. He learnt Indian classical music from Pt. Ajay Pohankar and Pt. Paritosh Pohankar, blues and pop singing and piano from Tushar Kongari, and Tabla from Shri Amit Kavthekar and Shri Bhushan Parchure. In 2013, he was selected to be a part of the Choir of Citibank, London as part of the BBC Series “The Choir: Sing While You Work” under the choirmaster, Gareth Malone, OBE. He continues to learn Indian classical music, and write and compose. His compositions vary from Indian classical-based to Rock, and he is inspired by Hazrat Amir Khusro, RD Burman, Mark Knopfler,and Tracy Chapman.